2021 Great Plains Journalism Award finalists announced

The Tulsa Press Club Foundation has named the 2021 Great Plains Journalism Award and its first class of Hall of Fame inductees. 

For the 12th-consecutive year, the regional contest is honoring print, online, TV and magazine journalists for outstanding stories, photography and design. The eight-state competition includes Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota.

This year also marks a first for Tulsa Press Club as it celebrates its inaugural class of inductees to the Great Plains Journalism Hall of Fame:
Brenda Blagg of Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Susan Ellerbach of Tulsa World
Kelly Dyer Fry of The Oklahoman
Mike Kelly of Omaha World-Herald
Jim Langdon of TulsaPeople Magazine

Professional and student category winners will be announced May 7 during the virtual award ceremony. The 2021 Great Plains Journalism Awards will stream live and feature Tulsa native Roy S. Johnson as the 2021 Distinguished Lecturer during the live broadcast on Tulsa Press Club’s Facebook page.

2021 Finalists:

40/29 NewsAdam Call Roberts
605 MagazineAlana Snyder
John Snyder
Jordan Cushman
Arkansas Democrat-GazetteAlan Koonse
Andy Davis
Brian Smith
Carrie Hill
Cary Jenkins
David Barham
Eric Besson
George Stoia
Ginny Monk
Helaine R. Williams
Jeannie Roberts
John Brummett
John Deering
John Moritz
Joseph Flaherty
Justin Cunningham
Kat Stromquist
Kelly Brant
Lara Farrar
Lisa Hammersly
Maggie McNeary
Mark Dooley
Mary Alston
Rachel O’Neal
Sandra Tyler
Staff
Stan Denman
Staton Breidenthal
Stephen Steed
Stephen Swofford
Tommy Metthe
Tony Holt
Walter Hussman
William Sanders
Yutao Chen
Curbside ChronicleGeorge Lang
Jacquelyn Walsh
Jayna Hadwiger
Katrina Ward
Natalie Kent
Nate Ward
Nathan Poppe
Travis Tindell
William Muschinske
Daily American RepublicBarbara Ann Horton
Brian Rosener
Donna Farley
Michael Shine
Michelle Friedrich
Mike Buhler
Nancy Nelson Vines
Paul Davis
Scott Borkgren
DITVBailey Cichon
Kade Overton
Shivansh Ahuja
Iowa Falls Times CitizenSara Konrad Baranowski
Lincoln Journal StarChris Dunker
Cindy Lange-Kubick
Francis Gardler
Justin Wan
Make Oklahoma WeirderEvan Jarvicks
Mitchell RepublicMatt Gade
Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and Arkansas Democrat-GazetteAndy Shupe
Carrie Hill
Charlie Kaijo
Dan Holtmeyer
Dave Perozek
Doug Thompson
Emily Walkenhorst
Hunter Field
Jeff Mitchell
Kat Stromquist
Lara Farrar
Lara Hightower
Lisa Thompson
Maggie McNeary
Mary Jordan
Sandra Tyler
Sonny Albarado
Spencer Tirey
Tony Reyes
Oklahoma City UniversityClara Foster
Emily Wollenberg
Francesca Iacovacci
Hope Melton
Jess Vanek
Luke Barrett
Madison Bailey
Madison Bowes
MaKayla Baxter
Melissa Campbell
Paul Dower
Stephen Jackson
Troy Freeman
Oklahoma Humanities MagazineAndy Rieger
Anne Richardson
Art Lien
Ayelet Tsabari
Carla Walker
Cindy Allen
David Craig
Dick Pryor
Kimberly Roblin
Rich Lenz
Sara Bowersock
Susan Ellerbach
Oklahoma TodayAshley Dawn
Liz Blood
Nathan Gunter
Oklahoma Today Staff
Sam Anderson
Shane Bevel
Steven Walker
Oklahoma WatchArt Haddaway
Ayanna Najuma
Cecilia Hernandez-Cromwell
Dany Varghese
Dawn Shelton
Elizabeth Caldwell
Heather Slingerland
J.D. Meisner
Jacob Threadgill
Jacob Unruh
James Coburn
Jenni Carlson
Jennifer Palmer
Kathryn McNutt
Kristi Eaton
Lindsey Chastain
Miguel Rios
Mike Simons
Paul Monies
Siali Siaosi
Steve Lackmeyer
Traci Chapman
Trevor Brown
Whitney Bryen
Omaha MagazineBill Sitzmann
Doug Meigs
Mady Besch
Matt Wieczorek
Omaha Magazine
Omaha World-HeraldAlia Conley
Anna Reed
Chris Heady
Chris Machian
Christopher Burbach
Cory Gilinsky
Dirk Chatelain
Erin Duffy
Erin Duffy
Evan Bland
Henry Cordes
Jake Anderson
Jeff Robb
Jessica Wade
Joe Dejka
Jon Nyatawa
Julie Anderson
Kristin Donovan
Matt Haney
Mike Patterson
Nancy Gaarder
Natalie Saenz
Paul Hammel
Rick Ruggles
Sam McKewon
Staff
Stu Pospisil
Tammy Yttri
Todd Cooper
Zach Tegler
OState TVMalley Jones
OState TV Crew
Presence MagazineShane Bevel
South Dakota News WatchBart Pfankuch
Nick Lowrey
St. Louis MagazineAmanda Woytus
Emily Cramsey
Jarrett Medlin
Jeannette Cooperman
Jen Roberts
Judd Demaline
Kevin A. Roberts
Laura Miserez
Liz Miller
Mike Fitzgerald
Mike Miller
Mike Miller
Nicholas Phillips
R.J. Hartbeck
Rosalind Early
Samantha Stevenson
St. Louis Magazine Staff
Tom White
Sunflower PublishingAlex Tatro
Amber Fraley
Chris Luxem
Evan McHenry
Lana Grove
Leslie Andres
Martinez Hillard
Nathan Pettengill
Shelly Bryant
Vixen Photography
The Augustana Mirror and 605 MagazineAlana Snyder
Dawn Geertsema
Janet Blank Libra
Jeffrey Miller
The Daily IowanAlexandra Skores
Caleb McCullough
Julia Shanahan
Kate Doolittle
Katie Goodale
Kelsey Harrell
Sarah Watson
The Daily O’CollegianJoshua Cleary
Maddie Farris
Ryan Novozinsky
The FrontierBrianna Bailey
Kassie McClung
The GazetteNa’Tianna Stocker
The OklahomanBerry Tramel
Bobby Ross Jr.
Brandy McDonnell
Bryan Terry
Bryan Terry
chris landsberger
Dale Denwalt
Dave Cathey
David Dishman
Jack Money
Jacob Unruh
Jeff Patterson
Jenni Carlson
Joe Mussatto
Josh Dulaney
Nate Billings
Paige Dillard
Sarah Phipps
The Oklahoman Staff
The OracleAlexa Mostrom
Chisom Uche-Onyilofor
Deborah Laker
Gabriel Jaggernauth
Sterling Zoe Rubottom
The ReaderChris Bowling
Leo Adam Biga
Lynn Sanchez
Tulsa Kids MagazineAaron Campbell
Alicia McClendon
Betty Casey
Natalie Mikles
Quraysh Ali Lansana
Tara Rittler
Tulsa WorldAndrea Eger
Ginnie Graham
Ian Maule
James D. Watts Jr.
James Royal
Jimmie Tramel
Kendrick Marshall
Mike Simons
Mike Strain
Paul Tyrrell
Randy Krehbiel
Susan Ellerbach
Tim Chamberlin
Tim Stanley
Tulsa World Staff
Wayne Greene
TulsaPeople MagazineConnie Cronley
Georgia Brooks
Madeline Crawford
Natalie Mikles
Staff
University of Arkansas — The HillNatalie Demaree
Shapiro Mary Katherine
University of Central Missouri – MuleskinnerBethany Spitzmiller
University of Central OklahomaAmanda Siew
Ashley Jones
Jay Mayes
Mikala Novitsky
University of Kansas — University Daily KansanConner Heaton
Kansan Staff
KUJH Staff
Lucy Peterson
Nichola McDowell
Nicole Asbury
Wichita EagleTaylor Eldridge
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Roy S. Johnson named 2021 Distinguished Lecturer

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Roy S. Johnson was born on March 19, 1956 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He attended the prestigious Holland Hall Preparatory School in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and went on to graduate from Stanford University with his B.A. degree in political science

Johnson’s career includes time at Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Money and Fortune magazine, Vanguarde Media, where he launched Savoy Magazine, and Men’s Fitness magazine. He has also written for many other publications and websites, including Life Goes Strong and ESPN.com.

He also founded many companies, including RSJ Media Solutions, a company that offers digital content strategy and media training, Fit! Live! Win! LLC, a digital corporate wellness communications firm, Write on Essays!, and was named editor-in-chief and executive director of the History Channel’s magazine and the History Channel Club.

He has been a frequent television and radio contributor on the topics of sports, fitness, nutrition, wellness and healthy living and also served as executive producer of several television programs that have aired on national broadcast and cable networks and co-authored three books.

Johnson has been a longstanding member of the National Association of Black Journalists, and has served on the board of the International Athletic Foundation. He also created the Roy S. Johnson Foundation, which provides financial assistance to minority youth from his hometown in Oklahoma.

Johnson will deliver a keynote lecture and Q&A session during the livestream awards ceremony at 11:30 a.m., May 7, on Facebook.

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2021 contest now open

Entries to the 2021 Great Plains Journalism Awards are being accepted now through Feb. 1 at betternewspapercontest.com. Click here to see the professional and student categories.

New to this year’s contest is the inaugural Great Plains Journalism Hall of Fame recognition. Find out more about entry rules here.

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2020 Winners announced

Multimedia & Web

  • Online Project Winner – Whitney Bryen, Oklahoma Watch
  • News Feature Video Winner – Sterling Zoe Rubottom, Cicely Rubottom, Gabriel Jaggernauth, The Oracle – Oral Roberts University
  • Multimedia Graphic, Project or Series – Yutao Chen, Cynthia Howell, Arkansas Democrat- Gazette
  • Best Website Design, Project – Staff, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Magazines

  • News Writing – Betty Casey, Tulsa Kids Magazine
  • Feature Writing – Doug Meigs, Omaha Magazine
  • Profile Writing – Doug Meigs, Omaha Magazine
  • Column Writing – Nathan Gunter, Oklahoma Today
  • Lifestyle Writing – Julius Frederick, Omaha Magazine
  • Food Feature Writing – Greg Elwell, Oklahoma Today
  • Reader Service – Nathan Poppe, The Curbside Chronicle
  • Arts & Culture Writing – Nathan Poppe, The Curbside Chronicle
  • Graphic/Illustration – Joshua Boydston, The Curbside Chronicle
  • Page Design, Profile – Matt Wieczorek, Omaha Magazine
  • Page Design, Lifestyle – Mady Besch, Omaha Magazine
  • Page Design, Reader Service – William Muschinske, The Curbside Chronicle
  • Page Design, General – Matt Wieczorek, Omaha Magazine
  • Page Design, Portfolio – Meera Nagarjan, Allyson Mace, Sauce Magazine
  • Magazine Cover – Nathan Gunter, Lori Duckworth, Steven Walker, Oklahoma Today

Photography

  • Specialty Photography, Newspaper – Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
  • Newspaper Portrait Photography – Mike Simons, Tulsa World
  • General News Photography – Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
  • Spot News Photography – Staton Breidenthal, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
  • News Photography, Multiple – Matt Gade, The Daily Republic
  • Feature Photography, Single – Mike Simons, Tulsa World
  • Sports Action Photography – Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
  • Sports Feature Photography – Ian Maule, Tulsa World
  • Magazine Portrait – Bill Sitzmann, Omaha Magazine
  • Magazine Specialty Photography – Ryan West, The Curbside Chronicle
  • Magazine Photography, Multiple – Nathan Poppe, The Curbside Chronicle
  • Magazine Lifestyle Photography – Bill Sitzmann, Omaha Magazine
  • Magazine Fashion Photography – Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
  • Magazine Photography, Feature – Eric Francis, Hail Varsity

Newspapers

  • News Package – Ashley Parrish, James Royal, Andrea Eger, Ian Maule, Tulsa World
  • Project/Investigative Reporting – Henry Cordes, Erin Duffy, Omaha World-Herald
  • General News Reporting – Emily Nitcher, Joe Dejka, Omaha World-Herald
  • General News Continuing Coverage – Lisa Hammersly, Ginny Monk, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
  • Narrative Story/Series – Dirk Chatelain, Omaha World-Herald
  • Beat Reporting – Bart Pfankuch, South Dakota News Watch
  • Feature Writing – Erin Grace, Omaha World-Herald
  • Business Feature – Henry Cordes, Erin Duff, Omaha World-Herald
  • Business Reporting – Bart Pfankuch, South Dakota News Watch
  • Sports Reporting – Joe Mussatto, The Oklahoman
  • Sports Feature – Chris Heady, Omaha World-Herald
  • Sports Column – Dirk Chatelain, Omaha World-Herald
  • Review – Brandy McDonnell, The Oklahoman
  • Food – Denise Neil, Wichita Eagle
  • Entertainment Feature – Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
  • Specialty Feature – Michael Smith, Tulsa World
  • Special Section – Staff, Omaha World-Herald
  • News Page Design – Tammy Yttri, Omaha World-Herald
  • Feature Page Design – Jessica Thompson, Omaha World-Herald
  • Sports Page Design – Jeff Patterson, The Oklahoman
  • Graphic/Illustration – Matt Haney, Omaha World-Herald
  • Editorial Cartoon – John Deering, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
  • Editorial Portfolio – Wayne Greene, Tulsa World
  • News Column – John Brummett, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
  • Headline – Cory Gilinsky, Omaha World-Herald

Best of Great Plains

  • Student Broadcast of the Year – DITV, The Daily Iowan
  • Student Website of the Year – dailyiowan.com, The Daily Iowan – The University of Iowa
  • Student Newspaper of the Year – The University Daily Kansan, The University of Kansas
  • Website of the Year – 40/29 News, 4029tv.com
  • Magazine Photographer of the Year – John Snyder, 605 Magazine
  • Magazine Writer of the Year – Jordan Hickey, Arkansas Life Magazine
  • Magazine of the Year – Oklahoma Today
  • Designer of the Year – Tammy Yttri, Omaha World-Herald
  • Newspaper Photographer of the Year – Ian Maule, Tulsa World
  • Newspaper Writer of the Year – Peter Salter, Lincoln Journal Star
  • Newspaper of the Year – Omaha World- Herald

Dan Harrison Memorial Scholarships

  • Student Photographer or the Year – Katina Zentz, The Daily Iowan – The University of Iowa
  • Student Writer of the Year – Julia Shanahan, The Daily Iowan – The University of Iowa
  • Student Editor-in-Chief of the Year – Marissa Payne, The Daily Iowan – The University of Iowa
  • Student Designer of the Year – Jim Geerdes, The Daily Iowan – University of Iowa
  • Student Broadcaster of the Year – Keely Drew McCormick, KUJH – The University of Kansas
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2020 Great Plains Journalism Award Finalists Announced

40/29 News
Adam Roberts

605 Magazine
Alana Snyder
John Snyder
Kyle Determan
Staff
Yany Avelar

Arkansas Democrat Gazette
Cary Jenkins
Clara Turnage
Cynthia Howell
Debra Hale-Shelton
Emily Walkenhorst
Gavin Lesnick
Ginny Monk
Hunter Field
John Sykes Jr.
John Brummett
John Deering
John Moritz
Lisa Hammersly
Michael R. Wickline
Nikki Dawes
Philip Martin
Rachel Herzog
Staff
Staton Breidenthal
Stephen Simpson
Steve Rogers
Terry Austin
Tommy Metthe
Yutao Chen

Arkansas Democrat Gazette Magazines
Arshia Khan
Emma Devine
Evin Demirel
Jordan Hickey
Staci Miller
Wyndham Wyeth

Arkansas Traveler
Chase Reavis
Arkansas Traveler staff

DITV
Jon Rawson
Kade Overton
Staff

Hail Varsity
Brandon Vogel
Eric Francis
John Peterson
Paul Bellinger

Lincoln Journal Star
Cindy Lange-Kubick
John Schreier
Peter Salter
Staff
Steven Sipple

NonDoc Media
Tres Savage

Oklahoma Humanities Magazine
Anne Richardson
Carla Walker

Oklahoma Today
Colleen McIntyre
Greg Elwell
Karlie Ybarra
Lori Duckworth
Megan Rossman
Nathan Gunter
Steven Walker
TravelOK Development Team
VI Marketing

Oklahoma Watch
Jesse Howe
Whitney Bryen

Omaha Food Magazine
Joseph Kenney

Omaha Magazine
Bill Sitzmann
Derek Joy
Doug Meigs
Julius Fredrick
Mady Besch
Mary Jane Doe
Matt Wieczorek
Pete Rickets
Sean McCarthy
Tommy Garrett

Omaha World Herald
Chris Heady
Chris Machian
Connie White
Cory Gilinsky
Dirk Chatelain
Emily Nitcher
Erin Duffy
Erin Grace
Henry Cordes
Jessica Thompson
Joe Dejka
Matt Haney
Michael Boehnlein
Rich Mills
Staff
Tammy Yttri

Sauce Magazine
Adam Rothbarth
Allyson Mace
Carmen Troesser
Greg Rannells
Heather Hughes Huff
Izaiah Johnson
Madison Sanders
Meera Nagarajan
Samuel Reed

South Dakota News Watch
Bart Pfankuch

Sunflower Publishing
Haleigh McGavock
Jason Dailey
Jenni Leiste
Nick Krug
Shelly Bryant
Staff

The Collegian — University of Tulsa
Emma Palmer

The Connection — Tulsa Community College
Abbigail Dean
Sam Levrault
Terizah West

The Curbside Chronicle
Amanda Simcoe
Jayna Hadwiger
Joshua Boydston
Jordan Barton
Meghan Mueller
Nathan Poppe
Ryan West
William Muschinske

The Daily Iowan
Jim Geerdes
Julia Shanahan
Katina Zentz
Marissa Payne
Staff

The Daily O’Collegian
Hallie Hart

The Daily Republic
Matt Gade

The Frontier
Brianna Bailey
Dylan Goforth

The Oklahoman
Ben Felder
Berry Tramel
Brandy McDonnell
Bryan Terry
Carla Hinton
Chris Landsberger
Dale Denwalt
Darla Smith
David Dishman
Jack Money
Jeff Patterson
Jenni Carlson
Joe Mussatto
Josh Dulaney
Kayla Branch
Nate Billings
Paige Williams
Randy Ellis
Sarah Phipps
Steve Lackmeyer
Todd Pendleton

The Oracle
Cicely Rubottom
Faith Wilson
Gabriel Jaggernauth
Sterling Zoe Rubottom

Tulsa Kids Magazine
Betty Casey

Tulsa World
Andrea Eger
Ashley Parrish
Bruce Plante
Ginnie Graham
Guerin Emig
Ian Maule
James Watts
Jimmie Tramel
Kyle Margerum
Matt Barnard
Michael Dekker
Michael Smith
Mike Simons
Scott Cherry
Staff
Steve Reckinger
Tim Stanley
Vanessa Pearson
Wayne Greene

Tulsa World Magazine
Kevin Canfield
Scott Cherry
Staff

TulsaPeople Magazine
Connie Cronley

University of Arkansas — The Hill
Taffy Kavanaugh

University of Kansas — University Daily Kansan
Becky Phelps
Bryanna Crouch
Keely Drew McCormick
Savanna Smith
Staff

University of Oklahoma — The Oklahoma Daily
Caitlyn Epes
Jana Allen
Paxson Haws

Wichita Eagle
Chance Swaim
Denise Neil
Dion Lefler
Taylor Eldridge

Yankton County Observer
Brian Hunhoff

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2020 competition announced

To promote the highest standards of journalism, the Tulsa Press Club and the Tulsa Press Club Foundation presents the 2020 Great Plains Journalism Awards. Journalists from newspapers, magazines and websites from across the eight-state region are invited to enter their best work from the 2019 calendar year. After an extensive judging process, winners will be recognized at an awards banquet and conference in Tulsa on April 27, 2020. Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Messenger, columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, will be recognized as our distinguished lecturer.

The 2020 competition rules and categories can be viewed here.

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2019 Great Plains Journalism Awards winners named

(Tulsa, OK) – The Tulsa Press Club is proud to announce the 2019 Great Plains Journalism Awards winners.
The Great Plains Journalism Awards is a regional contest honoring print, web, TV and magazine journalists for outstanding stories, photography and design. The eight-state competition includes Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota.
Joe Kelley, news director and host of Orlando’s News 96.5 FM received the Distinguished Lecturer Award and gave the keynote lunch address at the May 10 event at the Mayo Hotel. The top nine overall winners are:
Great Plains Newspaper of the Year: Tulsa World
Great Plains Magazine of the Year: St. Louis Magazine
Great Plains Website of the Year: St. Louis Magazine
Great Plains Designer of the Year: Jessica Thompson, Omaha World-Herald
Great Plains Newspaper Writer of the Year: Josh Dulaney, The Oklahoman
Great Plains Newspaper Photographer/Portfolio of the Year: Matt Gade, The Daily Republic
Great Plains Magazine Photographer/Portfolio of the Year: Arshia Khan, Arkansas Life Magazine
Great Plains Magazine Writer of the Year: Jeannette Cooperman, St. Louis Magazine
Great Plains Student Newspaper of the Year: The Daily Iowan

More than 600 entries were received this year, with winners and finalists named in 71 professional and student categories. Five student journalists were awarded $1,500 scholarships named after former Tulsa Press Club president and ONEOK executive Dan Harrison.
Thank you to our 2019 sponsors: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma, Cherokee Nation Businesses, ONEOK, Bank of Oklahoma, Cox Communications, Doerner, Saunders, Daniel & Anderson, Trust Company of Oklahoma, Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Langdon Publishing, Tulsa Community College, TTCU Federal Credit Union, Resolute PR, Tulsa Regional Chamber, and Hillcrest HealthCare System.

Below is a list of the 2019 Great Plains Journalism Awards winners and finalists by publication.

(Aberdeen) American News
Shannon Marvel, finalist

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
General News Reporting: Eric Besson, Lisa Hammersly, Doug Thompson, Michael R. Wickline, John Moritz
Beat Reporting: Emily Walkenhorst, Eric Besson
Spot News Photography: Mitchell Pe Masilun
Business Reporting: Stephen Steed
Editorial Portfolio: David Barham, Walter Hussman
Spot News Video: Gavin Lesnick
John Moritz, finalist
Amanda Claire Curcio, finalist
Celia Storey, finalist
Gavin Lesnick, finalist
Ginny Monk, finalist
Jillian Kremer, finalist  
John Brummett, finalist
John Deering, finalist
John Moritz, finalist
Kat Stromquist, finalist
Maggie McNeary, finalist
Mitchell Pe Masilun, finalist
Nathan Owens, finalist
Nikki Dawes, finalist
Philip Martin, finalist
Ryan Tarinelli, finalist
Sean Clancy, finalist
Sports Staff, finalist
Staff, finalist
Tommy Metthe, finalist

Arkansas Life
Great Plains Magazine Photographer of the Year: Arshia Khan
Graphics/Illustration: Nikki Dawes
Magazine Lifestyle Writing: Seth Eli Barlow
Arshia Khan, finalist
Emma Devine, finalist
Johnny Carrol Sain, finalist
Jordan Hickey, finalist
Katie Bridges, finalist
Liz Chrisman, finalist
Wyndham Wyeth, finalist

Des Moines Register
Matthew Bain, finalist

FOX23 News
Brent Snider, finalist
Caitlin Huggins, finalist
Danny Boy O’Connor, finalist
Ron Terrell, finalist

Global Sisters Report
Online Feature Writing: Dawn Araujo-Hawkins

Golf Oklahoma
Ken MacLeod, finalist

GRAND Lifestyle Magazine
Jaci Satterlund, finalist
Patrick Miller, finalist

Hail Varsity
Magazine Column Writing: Mike Babcock
Aaron Babcock, finalist
Brandon Vogel, finalist
Eric Francis, finalist
Mike Babcock, finalist
Paul Bellinger, finalist
Quentin Lueninghoener, finalist

KJRH, Channel 2 Tulsa
Online General News: Sarah Dewberry

KTUL
Andrejs Dabars, finalist
Maureen Wurtz, finalist

Lincoln Journal Star
Specialty Feature: Peter Salter
Alex Lantz, finalist
Cindy Lange-Kubick, finalist
Francis Gardler, finalist
Margaret Reist, finalist
Staff, finalist

NET (Nebraska Educational Telecommunications)
Sports Video: Mike Tobias, Ralph Hammack, Jr, Emily Kreutz, Erin Green
Online Project: Grant Gerlock, Mary Anne Andrei, Matthew Hodapp, Chad Davis, Dennis Kellogg
Bill Kelly, finalist
Brian Seifferlein, finalist
Dennis Kellogg, finalist,
Jim Lenertz, finalist
Ralph Hammack, Jr, finalist
Werner Althaus, finalist

Oklahoma Today
Heidi Jo Mann, finalist

Oklahoma Watch
Jennifer Palmer, finalist

Omaha Magazine
Magazine Photography, Feature: Bill Sitzmann
Magazine Lifestyle Photography: Bill Sitzmann
Magazine Cover: Derek Joy
Magazine Studio Photography: Derek Joy, Bill Sitzmann
Magazine Portrait: Bill Sitzmann
Multimedia Graphic: Doug Meigs, Sarah Locke, Lindsay Wilson, Matt Wieczorek, William Hess
Bill Sitzmann, finalist
Doug Meigs, finalist
Matt Wieczorek, finalist
Joe Pankowski, finalist
Leo Adam Biga, finalist
Mady Besch, finalist
Otis Twelve, finalist

Omaha World-Herald
Great Plains Designer of the Year: Jessica Thompson
Sports Feature Photography: Chris Machian
Sports Reporting: Dirk Chatelain
News Page Design: Michael Boenhlein
Best Website Design, Project: Staff
Sports Feature: Dirk Chatelain
Feature Video: Brendan Sullivan
Graphics/Illustration: Matt Haney
Feature Page Design: Michael Boenhlein
Feature Writing: Matthew Hansen
News Photography, Multiple: Kent Sievers, Jeff Bundy
Portrait: Ryan Soderlin
Review: Micah Mertes
Editorial Cartoon: Jeff Koterba
Project/Investigative Reporting: Steve Liewer
Alia Conley, finalist
Betsie Freeman, finalist
Blake Ursch, finalist
Brendan Sullivan, finalist
Chris Heady, finalist
Dirk Chatelain, finalist
Erin Grace, finalist
Henry J. Cordes, finalist
Jeffrey Robb, finalist
Jessica Thompson, finalist
Joe McCarty, finalist
Kent Sievers, finalist
Mady Besch, finalist
Micah Mertes, finalist
Michael Boenhlein, finalist
Paul Hammel, finalist 
Ryan Soderlin, finalist
Sarah McCallister, finalist
Staff, finalist
Tom Shatel, finalist

Sauce Magazine
Magazine Photography, Multiple: Carmen Troesser
Allyson Mace, finalist
Heather Hughes, finalist
Meera Nagarajan, finalist

St. Louis Magazine
Great Plains Magazine of the Year: St. Louis Magazine Staff
Great Plains Magazine Writer of the Year: Jeannette Cooperman
Great Plains Website of the Year: Staff
Magazine Feature Writing: Jeannette Cooperman
Magazine Page Design: Tom White
Magazine Profile Writing: Jeannette Cooperman
Magazine News Writing: Jeannette Cooperman
Emily Cramsey, finalist
Jeannette Cooperman, finalist
Tom White, finalist

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Personal Column Portfolio: Tony Messenger
Aisha Sultan, finalist
Staff, finalist
Tod Robberson, finalist

Sunflower Publishing
Amanda Nagengast, finalist
Bill Stephens, finalist
Brian Goodman, finalist
Jenni Leiste, finalist
Kelly Gibson, finalist
Leslie Andres, finalist
Marcus George, finalist
Nathan Pettengill, finalist
Nick Krug, finalist
Sarah Reeves, finalist
Seth Jones, finalist

The Curbside Chronicle
Matt Goad, finalist
Nathan Poppe, finalist

The Daily Republic
Great Plains Newspaper Photographer/Portfolio of the Year: Matt Gade
Feature Photography, Multiple: Matt Gade
Matt Gade, finalist

The Oklahoman
Great Plains Newspaper Writer of the Year: Josh Dulaney
Sports Action Photography: Bryan Terry 
Sports Column: Jenni Carlson  
Narrative Story/Series: Josh Dulaney
Headline Portfolio: Felicia Murray
Sports Page Design: Jeff Patterson
Business Feature: David Dishman, Dave Cathey
Adam Kemp, finalist
Berry Tramel, finalist
Brandy McDonnell, finalist
Bryan Terry, finalist
Carla Hinton, finalist
Chris Casteel, finalist
Chris Landsberger, finalist
Darla Slipke, finalist
David Morris, finalist
Jack Money, finalist
Jacob Unruh, finalist
Jeff Patterson, finalist
Jenni Carlson, finalist
Ken Raymond, finalist
Nolan Clay, finalist
Randy Ellis, finalist
Staff, finalist
Todd Pendleton, finalist

The Tulsa Voice
Food: Angela Evans
Entertainment Feature: Lyndsay Knecht
Madeline Crawford, finalist

TulsaKids Magazine
General Blog Writing: Diane Morrow-Kondos
Betty Casey, finalist
Charles Foshee, finalist
Kristi Roe Owen, finalist
Natalie Mikles, finalist
Tara Rittler, finalist

Tulsa World
Great Plains Newspaper of the Year: Staff
General News Photography: Stephen Pingry
Specialty Photo: Matt Barnard
News Package: Staff
Feature Photography, Single: Ian Maule
Special Section: Staff
Andrea Eger, finalist
Bruce Plante, finalist
Corey Jones, finalist
Guerin Emig, finalist
Ian Maule, finalist
James Royal, finalist
James Watts, finalist
Jimmie Tramel, finalist
Kyle Margerum, finalist
Michael Overall, finalist
Mike Simons, finalist
Samantha Vicent, finalist
Scott Cherry, finalist
Staff, finalist
Stephen Pingry, finalist
Tim Stanley, finalist
Tom Gilbert, finalist
Vanessa Pearson, finalist
Wayne Greene, finalist

Tulsa World Magazine
Scott Cherry, finalist

STUDENT CATEGORIES
Arkansas Traveler — University of Arkansas
Dan Harrison Memorial Student Editor in Chief of the Year: Alex Nicoll
Andrea Johnson, finalist
Chase Reavis, finalist
Raleigh Anderson, finalist
Traveler Staff, finalist

Dailyiowan.com — University of Iowa
Aadit Tambe, finalist
Gage Miskimen, finalist
Katelyn Weisbrod, finalist

DITV — University of Iowa
Dan Harrison Memorial Student Broadcaster of the Year: Kaylyn Kluck
Dan Harrison Memorial Student Broadcast of the Year: Kaylyn Kluck

Kansas State Collegian — Kansas State University
Olivia Bergmeier, finalist

Oklahoma Daily — University of Oklahoma
Caitlyn Epes, finalist
Kayla Branch, finalist

The Daily Iowan — University of Iowa
Dan Harrison Memorial Student Photographer of the Year: James Year
Dan Harrison Memorial Student Writer of the Year: Marissa Payne
Dan Harrison Memorial Student Newspaper of the Year: Gage Miskimen, Katelyn Weisbrod, Marissa Payne
Dan Harrison Memorial Student Designer of the Year: Lily Anne Smith 
Gage Miskimen, finalist

The Daily O’Collegian — Oklahoma State University
Hallie Hart, finalist

The Gazette — Langston University
Jasmine Mayes, finalist

The Oracle — Oral Roberts University
Josh Crow, finalist
Sterling Zoe Rubottom, finalist 

The Volante — University of South Dakota
Austin Lammers, finalist
Leah Dusterhoft, finalist

University Daily Kansan — University of Kansas
Dan Harrison Memorial Student Website of the Year: Shaun Goodwin
Chandler Boese, finalist
Shaun Goodwin, finalistTulsa Press Club
The Tulsa Press Club was founded in 1906 as a members-only professional organization offering networking, education events and social opportunities. The Tulsa Press Club promotes the highest standards in journalism with an emphasis in recognizing young journalism talent through its annual scholarship initiatives. Visit tulsapressclub.org for more information. 

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What’s happening

Thursday, May 9
5:30-7:30 p.m. | Free.
Meet and Greet at the Tulsa Press Club, 415 S. Boston Ave.
Mix and mingle with out-of-town journalists and meet the 2019 conference speakers. At 6 p.m., Todd Price, food and drinks writer for The Times-Picayune, will answer questions about covering a beloved topic like food in one of the world’s most gastronomic cities.
Catering by Lassalle’s.

Friday, May 10
Great Plains Journalism Awards and Conference at the Mayo Hotel, 115 W. Fifth St.
Luncheon tickets are $45, students/media; $50. Buy tickets here. Conference workshops are free to attend.
11 a.m.: registration
11:30 a.m.: luncheon, awards and scholarship presentation, distinguished lectureship
1:15 p.m.: Jeannette Cooperman, St. Louis Magazine
Interviewing: Going Deep
The skills that are invaluable for in-depth profiles, plus overcoming resistance like shyness and cliché answers.
2:15 p.m.: Todd Price, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
Leading the Conversation
Building an online food community and launching a brand for cross-platform success.
3:15 p.m.: Joe Kelley, distinguished lecturer, news director and host of Orlando’s Morning News on 96.5 WDBO
Knowing Your Audience
A radio guy’s perspective of the news landscape.
4 p.m.: Happy Hour at the Mayo Hotel’s Penthouse Bar

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2019 Finalists announced

Entries were collected from contestants in the eight-state contest region 

(Tulsa, OK) – The finalists have been named for the 2019 Great Plains Journalism Awards. 

For the 10th-consecutive year, the regional contest is honoring print, online, TV and magazine journalists for outstanding stories, photography and design. The eight-state competition includes Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota. 

Winners will be announced May 10 at the Mayo Hotel in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as the event welcomes Joe Kelley, news director and host of Orlando’s Morning News show on 96.5 WDBO, as its distinguished lecturer. Joining Kelley as featured speakers will be acclaimed food and drinks writer Todd Price of NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, and St. Louis Magazine’s esteemed staff writer Jeannette Cooperman. All three speakers will present workshops to attendees following the awards luncheon at the Mayo Hotel, 115 W. Fifth St. 

Several student journalists will be among those recognized for their work. The Tulsa Press Club will award $1,500 scholarships to the winners in five individual student categories. 

Conference workshops are free to attend. Awards luncheon tickets are $50 for individuals, and $45 for students or media. Tickets are available at www.tulsapressclub.org/sponsorship-tickets

A free mix and mingle event featuring food and drinks inspired by New Orleans and a brief Q&A from Todd Price will be held the evening of May 9 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Tulsa Press Club, 415 S. Boston Ave. 

Questions regarding the Great Plains Journalism Awards should be sent to greatplainsawards@gmail.com or call Anne Brockman at 918-585-9924, ext. 226 (9 a.m.-5 p.m.). Complete rules and regulations are available here

2019 Finalists

(Aberdeen) American News
Shannon Marvel
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
 John Moritz
Amanda Claire Curcio
Celia Storey
David Barham
Doug Thompson
Emily Walkenhorst
Eric Besson
Gavin Lesnick
Ginny Monk
Jillian Kremer
John Brummett
John Deering
John Moritz
Kat Stromquist
Lisa Hammersly
Maggie McNeary
Michael R. Wickline
Mitchell Pe Masilun
Nathan Owens
Nikki Dawes
Philip Martin
Ryan Tarinelli
Sean Clancy
Sports Staff
Staff
Stephen Steed
Tommy Metthe
Walter Hussman
Arkansas Life
Arshia Khan
Emma Devine
Johnny Carrol Sain
Jordan Hickey
Katie Bridges
Liz  Chrisman
Nikki Dawes
Seth Eli Barlow
Wyndham Wyeth
Arkansas Traveler — University of Arkansas
Alex  Nicoll
Andrea Johnson
Chase Reavis
Raleigh Anderson
Traveler Staff
dailyiowan.com — University of Iowa
Aadit  Tambe
Gage Miskimen
Katelyn Weisbrod
Des Moines Register
Matthew  Bain
DITV — University of Iowa
Kaylyn Kluck
FOX23 News
Brent Snider
Caitlin Huggins
Danny Boy O’Connor
Ron Terrell
Global Sisters Report
Dawn Araujo-Hawkins
Golf Oklahoma
Ken MacLeod
GRAND Lifestyle Magazine
Jaci Satterlund
Patrick Miller
Hail Varsity
Aaron Babcock
Brandon Vogel
Eric Francis
Mike Babcock
Paul Bellinger
Quentin Lueninghoener
Kansas State Collegian — Kansas State University
Olivia Bergmeier
KJRH, Channel 2 Tulsa
Sarah Dewberry
KTUL
Andrejs Dabars
Maureen Wurtz
Lincoln Journal Star
Alex Lantz
Cindy Lange-Kubick
Francis Gardler
Margaret Reist
Peter Salter
Staff
NET
Bill Kelly
Brian Seifferlein
Chad Davis
Dennis Kellogg
Emily Kreutz
Erin Green
Grant Gerlock
Jim  Lenertz
Mary Anne Andrei
Matthew Hodapp
Mike Tobias
Ralph Hammack, Jr
Werner Althaus
Oklahoma Daily — University of Oklahoma
Caitlyn Epes
Kayla  Branch
Oklahoma Today
Heidi Jo Mann
Oklahoma Watch
Jennifer Palmer
Omaha Magazine
Bill Sitzmann
Derek Joy
Doug Meigs
Joe Pankowski
Leo Adam Biga
Lindsay Wilson
Mady Besch
Matt Wieczorek
Otis Twelve
Sarah Locke
William Hess
Omaha World-Herald
Alia Conley
Betsie Freeman
Blake Ursch
Brendan  Sullivan
Chris Heady
Chris Machian
Dirk Chatelain
Erin Grace
Henry J. Cordes
Jeff Bundy
Jeff Koterba
Jeffrey Robb
Jessica  Thompson
Joe McCarty
Kent Sievers
Matt Haney
Matthew Hansen
Micah Mertes
Michael Boenhlein
Paul Hammel
Ryan Soderlin
Sarah McCallister
Staff
Steve Liewer
Tom Shatel
Sauce Magazine
Allyson Mace
Carmen  Troesser
Heather Hughes
Meera Nagarajan
St. Louis Magazine
Emily Cramsey
Jeannette Cooperman
Staff
Tom White
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Aisha Sultan
Staff
Tod Robberson
Tony Messenger
Sunflower Publishing
Amanda  Nagengast
Bill Stephens
Brian Goodman
Jenni Leiste
Kelly Gibson
Leslie Andres
Marcus George
Nathan Pettengill
Nick Krug
Sarah Reeves
Seth Jones
The Curbside Chronicle
Matt Goad
Nathan Poppe
The Daily Iowan — University of Iowa
Gage Miskimen
James Year
Katelyn Weisbrod
Lily Anne Smith
Marissa Payne
The Daily O’Collegian — Oklahoma State University
Hallie Hart
John Helsley
The Daily Republic
Matt Gade
The Gazette — Langston University
Jasmine Mayes
The Oklahoman
Adam Kemp
Berry Tramel
Brandy McDonnell
Bryan Terry
Carla Hinton
Chris Casteel
Chris Landsberger
Darla Slipke
Dave Cathey
David Dishman
David Morris
Felicia Murray
Jack Money
Jacob Unruh
Jeff Patterson
Jenni Carlson
Josh Dulaney
Ken Raymond
Nolan Clay
Randy Ellis
Staff
Todd Pendleton
The Oracle — Oral Roberts University
Josh Crow
Sterling Zoe Rubottom
The Tulsa Voice
Angela Evans
Lyndsay Knecht
Madeline Crawford
The Volante — University of South Dakota
Austin Lammers
Leah Dusterhoft
Tulsa Kids Magazine
Betty Casey
Charles Foshee
Diane Morrow-Kondos
Kristi Roe Owen
Natalie Mikles
Tara Rittler
Tulsa World
Andrea Eger
Bruce Plante
Corey Jones
Guerin Emig
Ian Maule
James Royal
James Watts
Jimmie Tramel
Kyle Margerum
Matt Barnard
Michael Overall
Mike Simons
Samantha Vicent
Scott Cherry
Staff
Stephen Pingry
Tim Stanley
Tom Gilbert
Vanessa Pearson
Wayne Greene
Tulsa World Magazine
Scott Cherry
University Daily Kansan — University of Kansas
Chandler Boese
Shaun Goodwin
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2019 Conference and Awards Luncheon set for May 10

Joe Kelley

The 10th annual Great Plains Journalism Awards, sponsored by the Tulsa Press Club, will welcome Joe Kelley, news director and host of Orlando’s Morning News show on 96.5 WDBO, as its distinguished lecturer at its annual conference and awards luncheon May 10 at the Mayo Hotel. Tickets and sponsorships are available at tulsapressclub.org

Kelley previously worked at KRMG in Tulsa and has been recognized for his successes as an on-air personality and community leader. He has received awards from Radio and Records Magazine, Radio Ink Magazine, the Dallas Press Club, the Las Vegas Women in Communications and the Oklahoma Associations of Broadcasters.

Joining Kelley as a featured speaker will be acclaimed food and drinks writer Todd Price of NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, and St. Louis Magazine’s esteemed staff writer Jeannette Cooperman.

Todd A. Price. (Dinah Rogers Photo)

Price is the lead reporter of a team that dominates food coverage in New Orleans and aims to be the paper of record for local dining news. Price also served as the local editor of Zagat, and has written for Food Arts, Gambit Weekly, New Orleans Magazine, OffBeat Magazine and the Chronicle of Higher of Education.

Jeannette Cooperman

Cooperman was named to the FOLIO: 100 list of the “the best and brightest” in the magazine industry. Her articles on social trends and injustices, grisly crimes, interesting people, and intense subcultures have won numerous national awards. She holds a Ph.D. in American Studies, has authored five books and has been published in O Magazine, Real Simple, Bark, Glamour and Family Circle.

The Great Plains Journalism Awards is a regional contest honoring print, web, TV and magazine journalists for outstanding stories, photography and design. The eight-state competition includes Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Past speakers and contest judges have featured some of the biggest names in journalism, including CBS News’ Anthony Mason, Judy Woodruff of PBS, and Pulitzer Prize winners Jacqui Banaszynski and Lane DeGregory.

Contest finalists will be announced after an extensive judging process; winners will be awarded on May 10.

Following its mission to promote high standards in journalism, the Tulsa Press Club will present Dan Harrison Memorial Scholarships to winners in five student categories. Students in attendance also will have the opportunity to have portfolio reviews with Kelley.

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